Details of how US woman killed when ‘rogue wave’ strikes Antarctic cruise ship

Details of how US woman killed when ‘rogue wave’ strikes Antarctic cruise ship

A “rogue wave” struck a Viking cruise ship sailing near the southernmost tip of South America on an Antarctic cruise, killing an American woman and injuring four other passengers, the company said Thursday.

The unidentified 62-year-old woman was hit by broken glass when a wave broke cabin windows on the Viking Polaris ship late Tuesday during a storm, according to Argentine authorities. The ship sustained minor damage and arrived in Ushuaia, 1,926 miles south of Buenos Aires, the next day.

Damage is seen on the bottom windows of the Viking Polaris ship after a wave hit it on Thursday.
Damage is seen on the bottom windows of the Viking Polaris ship after a wave hit it

“It is with great sadness that we confirmed a guest passed away following the incident,” Viking said in a statement. “We have notified the guest’s family and shared our deepest sympathies.”

The four passengers injured were treated onboard the ship by a doctor and medical staff for non-life-threatening injuries, the company said.

The ship itself suffered “limited damage,” according to Viking.

“We are investigating the facts surrounding this incident and will offer our assistance to the appropriate authorities,” the company said. “Our priority remains the safety and well-being of our guests and crew, and we are working directly with them to arrange return travel.”

Rogue waves, also known as “extreme storm waves” by scientists, are greater than twice the size of surrounding waves and often come unexpectedly from directions other than prevailing wind and waves, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Details of how US woman killed when ‘rogue wave’ strikes Antarctic cruise ship

Suzie Gooding, who was on the ship at the time of the incident, told WRAL-TV in Raleigh, North Carolina, that it felt like the ship had collided with an iceberg.

“Everything was fine until the rogue wave hit, which was unexpected.” “It’s shocking,” she said. “We weren’t sure if we should prepare our gear for ship abandonment.”

The Antarctic Explorer, which was scheduled to sail from December 5 to 17, has been canceled, according to Viking. The Viking Polaris, a luxury vessel that was built in 2022, can accommodate 378 passengers and 256 crew members.

source:nsemwokrom.com

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